Men's Basketball

Friel pushes Seasiders past Penguins in second half

Friel pushes Seasiders past Penguins in second half

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Scott Friel gave BYU-Hawaii men's basketball the advantage on Tuesday night in an 86-76 victory at Dominican.

Friel led all players with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Justin Yamzon contributed 19 points and Ian Harward added 12. Each of them went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Christopher Schwartz-Edmisten led Dominican (6-5, 2-2 PacWest) with 18 points off the bench and Matt Hayes added 14 points.

BYU-Hawaii (7-3, 4-1 PacWest) shot 36.8 percent from behind the arc, holding the Penguins to 33.3 percent. The Seasiders also outrebounded Dominican 36-33 and held a 16-6 advantage on second chance points.

After trailing for the entire first half, Friel led the charge for the Seasiders out of the break with six points and an assist during a 10-2 run to give the Seasiders its first lead of the game at 47-42. The Penguins tied the game twice more, but Yamzon drained a 3 and added a jumper during a 7-2 run to give BYU-Hawaii the lead for good at 57-52 with 13 minutes left in the game.

Karl Ohrner dunked the ball to spark an early 7-point run for the Penguins to build a 12-4 lead with 16:18 in the first half. BYU-Hawaii battled back with tip-ins by Harward and Tanner Nelson during a 6-0 Seasider run to make it a two-point game with 12:42 remaining.

Justin Park went on an individual 6-point run to cut into a double-digit Penguin lead and make it 24-18 with 8:07 on the clock. After Dominican built back its double-digit lead, Yamzon scored six points in the final two minutes to send BYU-Hawaii into the half trailing 40-37.

After Yamzon put the Seasiders firmly in the lead, the teams continued to trade baskets and the Seasiders held their lead at 63-57 following another 3-pointer from Yamzon with 10:34 on the clock. Dominican tied the game one last time at 63-63, but Scott Friel knocked down a shot from behind the arc to start an 11-2 run and extend the lead to nine.

The Penguins scored five consecutive points to cut the game back to two possessions at 78-74 with 2:37 remaining, but Friel answered with a couple of jumpers and BYU-Hawaii closed out the game from the free-throw line.

The Seasiders continues their road trip on Thursday at Fresno Pacific at 7:30 p.m. PST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.

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